Q&A: What is (Numerus clausus) NC?

Yong from South Korea wants to know: What is (Numerus clausus) NC? Here is your answer Yong! If you have any specific questions about applying to a German university, please leave a comment below or email us: info@youstudyin.de


Numerus clausus ("closed number" in Latin) is one of many methods used to limit the number of students who may study at a university. When you meet the general admission requirements and find your course of choice, you will often not be able to enrol directly. There are many courses for which demand is greater than supply. This means that only a certain number of places are available for a course. In this case, applicants first have to pass through an admission procedure. The courses subject to this kind of admission procedure either have local or national admission restrictions.


National admission restriction

Medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and dentistry are so popular that admission restrictions apply at all universities in Germany. However, it is worth to apply if your GPA is more than 93%.


If you do apply for one of these subjects, you may need to do so through a centralized applications process (depending on where you come from). Procedures for international students may be different from university to university. Also the application deadline for international students may differ for each individual university.


Local admission restriction

Some courses may only have admission restrictions at certain universities. Courses with local admission restrictions are generally also identified as NC courses. The NC is not specified centrally, it rather changes every semester based on the demand and supply of university places for a course. The applications currently available are used to calculate an average grade that must be met for admission. The level of the NC in the semester the application is submitted is unknown, but the values from previous semesters are useful starting points.


Apart from the average grade, universities may also define additional criteria that are relevant for selection, such as letters of motivation, tests or selection interviews. The criteria differ for each university and course.


So that’s the basics on admission selection at Germany universities: it’s all based on your high school GPA. Depressing? Sure, but at least it’s a logical and predictable system!

Q&A: What is Studienkolleg?

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Mustafa from Kosovo wants to know: What is Studienkolleg? Here is your answer Mustafa!


The most important pre-requisite for permission to study in Germany is eligibility for higher education in one's own country. The Studienkolleg -also called “Foundation College” - is a preparation course which you have to join, if your school leaving diploma is not equivalent to the German school leaving diploma.


Duration of Studies


These preparatory courses are offered for various subject fields and last for one year (two semesters). They end with the Feststellungsprüfung (FSP), an exam taken to determine how suited foreign study applicants are for starting a degree at a German university. Once you have passed the FSP exam, you may then apply for a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in your chosen subject field.


Study applicants do NOT have a free choice as to whether or not they want to take a Studienkolleg course. This is determined by whether or not the applicant is already entitled to study at university in Germany.


Types of courses

Overall there are FIVE different types of Studienkolleg courses. The subjects taught on these courses vary according to subject field.


• G course: for Humanities subjects.

• S course: for language subjects

• W course: for Social Sciences and Economics (or related subjects).

• T course: for technical or scientific subjects. Also for mathematics.

• M course: for Medicine or Biology (or related subjects).



Do I have to to the German language test for higher education (DSH) or Test DaF?

No. After you pass the final exam at the „Studienkolleg“ –also called Feststellungsprüfung (FSP)- you can start your studies in Germany!

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Study Programs in Germany: Social Work - Dedicated to Helping Others

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Copyright by Gerald R. Ford

Social work is an exciting and rewarding career for those interested in working with people, and in addressing social and community issues and problems. Social workers play a key role in developing a society based on social justice, and in alleviating disadvantage. Social workers stimulate action to change the social circumstances of individuals and groups who are socially excluded. They also work to reduce personal pain and distress, and provide direction for individual development and control over life situations. In social work programs, students learn counseling methods and how to manage casework. They also learn when to make referrals to other services.

What you can study?

Social work programs include topics such as:


• Counseling

• Public policy

• Substance abuse

• End-of-life care

• Mental illness

• Social research methods


Where can you work?

Social work programs prepare students to work in:


• Government agencies

• Substance abuse centers

• Prisons

• Juvenile correction homes

• Schools

• Mental health clinics


The cost of studying

Academic studies in Germany incur relatively low costs. All students at institutions of higher education pay a minor semester fee, part of which covers social facilities provided by the university and, in many cases, a ticket for the local transport network. However most public universities do not charge tuition fees.

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Dual (work-study) programmes at German universities: Learning by doing!

Germany's vocational education system pairs hands-on learning with classroom learning to give young people a leg up in the workforce. Most students graduate not only with a degree, but also with job experience and a deep knowledge of their trade. Dual (work-study) programmes combine practical learning in a company with theoretical study in a university.

Dual programmes with integrated training

2 Degrees in 4 years


Dual programmes with integrated training lead to both a first academic degree qualifying you to enter a profession and an academic degree in a recognised occupation requiring formal training.

Dual programmes – work-study degree programmes with integrated practice

Study & Practice

Dual programmes with integrated practice mean that you will complete work placements in a company over extended periods as part of your studies. You will receive a first academic degree qualifying you to enter a profession.


Excellent Training „Made in Germany“

• Professional Experience

• Gain Social skills required in every-day working life

• Earn money while study

• 80% receive a contract after graduation.



Together with numerous partner companies and univerisities, YouStudyIn offers a variety of options for dual study programmes in


Health Science


Computer Science


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Στη Γερμανία λειτουργούν 315 κρατικά ιδρύματα Τριτοβάθμιας Εκπαίδευσης. Από αυτά, 113 είναι πανεπιστήμια και ανώτατες σχολές, 46 ακαδημίες καλών τεχνών και ωδεία, ενώ υπάρχουν περισσότερες από 140 ανώτερες σχολές ειδικής επαγγελματικής κατάρτισης (Fachhochschulen).
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Τα περισσότερα ιδρύματα δημιουργούν υπό θαυμάσιες συνθήκες έρευνας και διδασκαλίας και οι αλλοδαποί φοιτητές και ερευνητές είναι πραγματικά ευπρόσδεκτοι. Και, φυσικά, διαθέτει πανεπιστήμια φημισμένα όπως αυτά της Χαϊδελβέργης, της Λειψίας κ.ά., που συνδυάζουν την παράδοση -καθώς τα ονόματά τους έχουν συνδεθεί με ονόματα όπως ο Νίτσε, ο Γκαίτε ή ο Βάγκνερ- με το κοσμοπολίτικο και φιλελεύθερο πνεύμα στις επιστημονικές τάσεις της εποχής μας.

Q&A: Is it free to study in Germany?

Germany’s Universities are open to students from all over the world, and the country is one of the most popular destinations among international students.


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In spring 2014, Lower Saxony was the last of Germany’s 16 states to abolish tuition fees for undergraduate students at public universities. Both national and international students at public universities in Germany get FREE tuition.


However all the universities have Administration fees (Semesterbeitrag), that range between 40 and 350 Euros per Semester (this is individually set by each university). They usually include a compulsory contribution to the local student union and a ticket for public transport. The fees also support the Studentenwerk, an organization providing student housing and other student services (e.g. university cafeterias with cheap meals, support for pregnant students or students with disabilities, mental health counseling, etc.).


Cost of Studying in Germany: On average, German students spend about 500-800 Euros for accommodation, transport, food, and miscellaneous expenses.


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Join one of our new programs, where you can complete 2 Degrees in 4 Years. Benefit from innovative combinations of majors that complemented Your interests!


Get admission at one of our Dual and Joint Degree programs offered by German Universities and benefit from an interdisciplinary education that will enhance your job Prospects. As Phil says, "when it comes to benefits of a joint-degree program, there are too many to name! It was definitely a mind-opening and eye-opening experience." In addition to giving the graduate a global edge, a potential employer may look favorably on such a graduate because collaborative programs have a “reputation for being more demanding and, thus, for attracting a higher caliber student.


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Unusual Study Programme: Bachelor in Computer Games Technology

Berlin, 14.08.2014


The computer games industry needs graduates with strong technical skills and a flair for creative design.


The computer games industry needs graduates with strong technical skills and a flair for creative design.


The course focuses on a range of computer programming techniques that are required to develop and produce high quality games products. The broad study programme covers essential fundamentals of computer science and broader computing fields such as user interfaces and artificial intelligence.


Careers include working as a key technical specialist in the computer games industry. Your broad knowledge of computer science and sophisticated programming skills as a graduate will also make you attractive to employers in other industries.


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Update: What’s going on this summer?

Just a quick post to fill you in on what’s happening at YouStudyIn these days:


You will notice a whole lotta changes happening to the website in the coming months. 

We have grown and are revisiting our vision, mission and goals.

So expect some major changes, new programmes and more great opportunities to study in Germany!


That’s it for now!  If you have questions, pls send us an email or use the contact page!! Would love to hear from you!!


Q&A: Am I allowed to work while studying in Germany?

By taking on a part-time job, you earn some extra cash, get to know Germany better and you make friends. Here are some of

the things you should bear in mind when you look for a job.

How much am I allowed to work?


Group A: Nationals from European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA)


If you are a citizen from European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) Then you are allowed to work as much as you wish without a permit. However, you should remember that you should not work for more than 20 hours a week during the semester (the same applies to German students). Otherwise you will be required to pay pension insurance contributions. Furthermore, you wouldn't have enough time for your studies.




Group B: Non EU or EEA Nationals


If your country of origin is not one of the EU and EEA member countries, then you are allowed to work a maximum of 120 full days or 240 half days within a year – this restriction also includes voluntary work placements, even if the placement is unpaid. If you wish to work more, you need a permit from the "Agentur für Arbeit" (Federal Employment Agency) and the foreigners' authorities.




IMPORTANT to know:


• You may exceed the 120-day limit if you work at your university as a student or graduate assistant. However, even in this case, you must inform the foreigners' authorities.

• Participants of language courses or "Studienkolleg" students: You may only work in lecture-free periods and only with the consent of the foreigners' authorities and the "Agentur für Arbeit".




What are typical part-time jobs for students and where do I find them?

Many students work part-time as waiters in cafés, as hosts at trade fairs, as bicycle couriers, movers, office assistants, cleaners or babysitters. One ideal and popular way of supplementing incomes while studying is by working at university institutes, in libraries or at other university facilities.


How much do students earn?

How much you earn in your part-time job depends heavily on your experience, the sector and the employment situation in which you are working. In cities like Munich and Hamburg, student wages are usually higher, but so is the cost of living. Five to twelve euro an hour is usual.





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Finding the right university: Types of universities in Germany

Berlin, 04.08.2014

Where should you study? Find out about the options: from small, private colleges with ties to elite companies, to large public universities with a broad range of degrees, or competitive and specialized art academies. The more choices you have, the harder it is to choose. This especially applies to your situation, as there are so many opportunities to study in Germany.


There are more than 409 officially recognised institutions of higher education in 165 towns and cities throughout Germany. In total, German universities and colleges offer more than 16,500 degree programmes.


What kinds of colleges and universities are there?


There are only three types to choose from in Germany:


1. Universities

2. Universities of applied sciences

3. Colleges of art, film and music


Universities: ideal for research-oriented study


At Germany' s universities, the focus is on the transfer of methodical and theoretical knowledge. Research and teaching are closely linked to each other. Universities offer a wide range of subjects including law, the humanities and cultural studies, natural sciences and economics/business administration and medicine. If you want to do a doctorate in Germany, a university is the place to study.

Universities of applied sciences: ideal for practice-oriented study


The education offered at the universities of applied sciences has a strong vocational orientation. Students there are prepared for professions in specific fields of work, such as technology, business, social work or media and design. Study programmes include work placements and practical semesters.

Colleges of art, film and music: ideal for creative spirits


If you have an artistic talent you wish to turn into your profession, a course of study at one of Germany's colleges of art, film and music may be the right choice. Whether you paint, play an instrument, sing, direct or act, to qualify for this kind of course you have to have an exceptional artistic talent, which you are required to demonstrate in an entrance examination. Especially talented candidates may be admitted even if they do not fulfill the formal university entrance requirements.







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How much does it cost to live in Germany?

Berlin, 25.07.2014

Compared to other European countries, Germany is not overly expensive. The price of food, accommodation, clothing, cultural activities, etc. is equivalent to the EU average. In fact, the cost of living is relatively low compared to Scandinavian countries.


Be it the room in a dormitory, the pizza in a restaurant or the bottle of beer in a student club - everything costs money. On average a student needs aprox. 670 Euro per month in Germany. Prices differ a lot not only in the big cities but all across Germany. While life and study in Munich is rather expensive, staying in Leipzig for example is much cheaper. Generally students can live on less money in smaller cities than in large cities. And, of course, the amount of money you will need greatly depends on how economically you live.


Rent is cheaper if you’re in a shared flat (average rent of 220€ to 370€  to per month) or a student hall of residence (200€ per month). The average costs per month, according to Deutsches Studentenwerk, the German National Association for Student Affairs, are: 165€ for food; 52 €for clothes; 82€ for transport; 33€ for telephone, internet and TV license; 30€ for work/study materials, and 68€ for leisure activities.


You won’t need a visa to study in Germany if you’re an EU national or a citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. Otherwise expect to pay around 60€, but there are fee reductions or waivers for Schengen visas. In order to fulfill the visa requirements, you will need to show proof that you have, or have access to, around €8,000 per year.


You will also need health insurance as a pre-condition of registering at a German university. If you’re in the EU or the EEA, there should be a social security agreement between your country and Germany – provided you have public health insurance, you should be covered in Germany as well. If your health insurance is not valid in Germany, expect to pay between 70€  and 160€ per month.



How much does it cost on average?

1 loaf of bread € 1.50 - € 3.00
1 kg of apples € 2.00
1 kg of potatoes € 1.00
1 litre of milk € 0.50 - € 1.00
1 bottle of mineral water (0.75 litre) € 0.30

1 cup of coffee at a café € 2.50
1 glass of beer at a pub (0.3 litre) € 2.00 - € 3.00

1 pair of shoes € 30 to € 100
1 t-shirt € 7 to € 50
1 pair of trousers € 30 to € 100

1 cinema ticket (concessions price) € 4 to € 8
1 theatre ticket (concessions price) € 6 to € 30
1 ticket to the museum (concessions price) € 2 to € 8

Unusual Study Programs in Germany: B.Sc. International Wine Business

Berlin, 24.07.2014


Study „International Wine Business“ in Germany in English and benefit from NO TUITION FEES AND MODERATE COSTS. The program focuses on world wine markets, including various aspects of marketing and economics, as well as obligatory modules in viticulture, enology and sensory evaluation. The complete value chain of the wine business, from the ‘berry to the bottle’ is thus covered. The program includes internships in national and international companies in the wine trade and allows for student exchange with international partners.


Application deadline: August 7th


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You'd like to study in Germany?




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Unusual Study Programs: Brewing and Beverage Technology

Berlin, 16.07.2014

Study Brewing and Beverage Technology in the country that produces the best bier in the world: Germany.  Learn how to brew beer and make beverages. After 7 Semesters you hold a Bachelor of Engineering.


Modern brewing and beverage technology requires expertise across many areas of engineering, science, and business administration. This interdisciplinary variety is reflected in the degree program in brewing and beverage technology. Based on scientific principles, a range of subjects are addressed in the program from manufacturing processes to the engineering and technology used in production and filling processes through to distribution, marketing, and sales.


Graduates do wide-ranging jobs. The tasks of Brewing and Beverage Technologists include:


• Seed breeding and malt production

• Systems planning and construction

• Production of auxiliary materials and consumables

• Production of beers and beverages

• Operation and optimisation of production systems

• Operations management

• Quality management and quality control

• Marketing and sales

• Research and development

• Consulting services to companies

• Association work in international organisations


Five reasons to study in Germany

Berlin, 10.07.2014

 1. High-quality Teaching and Research


2. Attractive International Courses


3. Very Low Fees


4. 18-month residence permit while looking for a job


5. High Quality of Life



High-quality Teaching and Research

Numbering around 400, German universities offer excellent opportunities for learning and research. The British magazine Times Higher Education ranks eleven German universities among the world’s 200 best. International students also rate German universities highly: in a 2012 survey, a good 85 per cent of the international students surveyed stated that they were satisfied with the quality of the teaching. And more than 90 per cent praised the high standard of equipment of German university laboratories.

Attractive International Courses

German universities also offer a large number of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and doctorates aimed at international students. Depending on the university and availability, the students can take these courses in English or French, for example. In 2013 about 282.000 international students were enrolled at a German university. This corresponds to a share of 11.1 percent among all students in Germany. For 2014, 612 international courses are listed in the fields of life science and information technology alone. There are 397 engineering courses and 117 in the field of medicine.

High Quality of Life


Life in Germany is very good. If you study here, you will not only find Europe's most dynamic economy. Germany is also a very safe country, with a high standard of living, a rich cultural history and a very diverse population. Also, at university you can do much more than just study: you can join a university sports club or theatre group, or engage in social or political activities. You can also go to university parties, music festivals or to the cinema with other students. You will soon make friends and through them get to know the country where you are studying even better.


Very Low Fees

Unlike many other countries, no tuition fees are charged for undergraduate degrees at most of the public universities in Germany. In other words, German universities offer sound academic training for relatively low costs. To live on, students in Germany need around 700 euros per month on average. You can earn something towards this by getting a student job.


18-month residence permit while looking for a job

Studying at a German university could be your first step towards a career in Germany. Because German companies are looking for university graduates in a variety of sectors – especially in the fields of engineering, medicine, the life sciences and information technology. You are advised to build contacts with suitable companies – for example by means of an internship – during your course of study. With your German degree, you can score points with internationally operating companies, since by moving to Germany you have proven that you are flexible and keen to learn, and that you are at ease in an international environment.


Reference: www.make-it-in-germany.com



Study German Online

Berlin, 09.07.2014


Study German Online. Have you tried Duolingo? It s for free! No ads, no fees, and a fast and easy language course. Sound too good to be true? Nope. It is a program called Duolingo, a company whose innovative business concept keeps it relevant, fun, and free.

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Application Deadlines:

Winter term 2014/15 – July 15th
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The German President Joachim Gauck welcomes International Students to Germany.

German President Joachim Gauck
German President Joachim Gauck

New-Delhi/India, 6. February 2014.


The German President Joachim Gauck was speaking to Indian students at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi (early February 2014) encouraging them to come to Germany. “This year, 25% more Indians are studying in Germany than just a year ago. There’s a lot more India to be found in Germany than one might expect. Innovative thinkers in India developed the software and hardware that is found in many Germanproducts. And in the past year Indian firms have provided 26,000 jobs in Germany, with investment growing. Globalisation cannot move our countries closer geographically, but it has brought Indians and Germans closer together than ever before in our shared history. [...] I am confident that our house will benefit greatly from as many joint German-Indian building components as possible. ”


Read more about Jochim Gauck



Besuch der Jawaharlal-Nehru-Universität in Neu-Delhi, Neu-Delhi/Indien, Retrieved 06 February 2014

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